Well guys, summer has been fun.
You might be wondering where I’ve been? The answer is chasing around three active boys like a chicken with my head cut off.
Summer break was jam-packed with day trips, two vacations, and lots of activity. The boys bounced around with unmatched enthusiasm, riding bikes, running (no joke, non-stop. Even the little guy), Popsicle eating, swimming – lots of swimming, day tripping, more swimming, lots of driving, more swimming. You get the idea. It was full, but it was awesome.
So I cut way back. I took time off from the blog. I did A LOT of soul-searching. I tried to talk myself out of this whole blogging thing. (It’s waaaaay outside my comfort zone, ya’ll). I talked myself back into blogging. I bought myself a laptop. And I started typing again.
I’m throwing caution to the wind, and I’m just going with it, guys. Whatever. Sometimes you just have to live life and stop overthinking it. I’m really good at overthinking it…and not so good at living it.
School has started, and I’m ready for more routine to our weeks. I’m also ready to resume weekly blogging duties and the like. So with the housekeeping out of the way, I thought I’d break my long-held blogging silence with one of my favorite types of posts – my summer favorite things!
Ohmygosh I love this tank top! Heather, owner of Compared to Who, very nicely sent a tank my way now that I’m a new contributor for her site, and I’ve been wearing it every day since I got it in the mail.
It’s so comfy, and works really well with my momiform – some type of yoga/exercise pant and ensemble.
I bought this tee over the summer and I LOVE IT. It is not only the most comfortable t-shirt I own AND it has an uplifting message while working stylishly with my momiform.
If you don’t own anything from this company yet, you MUST soon! You won’t be disappointed! (And no, these are not affiliate links, I just love them that much!)
…are the best invention ever if you have three boys and a tiny yard.
Yes. I’m just talking your standard, oscillating sprinkler. It doesn’t even have to be anything crazy fancy.
We got SO much use out of our sprinkler this summer. When they weren’t running through them, they were drinking out of them (see below).
Easy setup + tons of use + tired boys = happy mama + best invention ever.
See? Easy algebra for your back to school pleasure.
Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I didn’t even KNOW they made life vests this tiny. It’s pretty much the best investment we made this summer.
Our 18 month old went nuts in the pool this summer and decided he’d much rather dive face first off the edge than stay in one of those so obviously annoying infant floats. We originally bought this one, thinking he’d love it. Uh…we were wrong. As soon as he realized he COULD get out of the float, he wanted nothing to do with it. And of course, why would he want to sit in a baby float while big brother’s were swimming like fish in the pool? Silly mom…
So what’s a mom to do? Go out immediately and buy the tiniest life vest they make.
Which I was surprised that 1. we actually found one, and 2. Baby boy would actually use it. I was shocked by both. He pretty much lived in the thing, and then this mom could rest a little easier not worrying about him, you know, drowning or something.
My “new” bedroom set!
This is a project I’ve been meaning to do for YEARS. This bedroom set was originally my parent’s when they first got married 35+ years ago, and they gave it to us when we got married. I’d always loved that the furniture was originally my parent’s from so many years ago and I’d always wanted to repaint it vs. buying a new bedroom set.
I finally realized that I was never going to find the “right time” to do this project, so one day I just decided to go for it. I’ve never painted anything besides walls in my life. Children running amuck and all, not unlike my most-recent bathroom makeover project, I impulsively whipped out my paint brush and supplies, did some research on Pinterest before, went to Lowe’s to buy the rest, and, as I silently said a prayer to the furniture and paint gods respectively that all would turn out well, let loose on the poor furniture.
I LOVE the outcome! Our room looks so much bigger, not to mention updated! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
My sister’s wedding
My little sister got married at the beginning of summer. You can read more about my thoughts on her wedding here.
While the trip itself was a tad stressful (she lives across country 2500 miles away, and it was our first trip with the boys on an airplane, period), it was easily the highlight of the summer.
It was such a beautiful wedding. Everything you think of when you think of a Southern Baptist wedding? Yeah, that was pretty much it. The beautiful white church with steps to the entrance surrounded by trees, farms, complete with a cozy creek right out front. (Which apparently also housed alligators and water moccasins. While doing wedding photos before the ceremony, Baby Boy decided to make a beeline for said water source and was about 2 feet away from the water’s edge before I caught up to him. YIKES!).
This. Right. Here.
I’ve always loved the Beachbody workouts and have added them to my workout routine consistently for the past 4 years. I started with P90X, worked my way through P90X3, Insanity, and even P90 after I had my last baby. But 21 Day Fix? It’s basically the best thing ever.
What I love the most about 21DFX is that each workout is only 30 minutes! That was a HUGE draw to the program for me because, let’s face it, I barely have 30 minutes each day to devote to fitness. Also having the portioned containers that come with the program to help portion all my food and nutritional needs takes the daunting guess work out of the equation that can accompany healthy eating.
So knowing that if I could just commit to the nutrition and find 30 minutes each day that I could still get amazing results is basically any mom’s dream.
I did a “soft” start of 21DFX 2 weeks ago, but didn’t fully commit to the nutrition portion, so I restarted the program this past week with a challenge group. Challenge groups are Facebook accountability groups with an “assignment” each day (such as post a picture of a meal, a photo drinking your Shakeology, etc). It’s been very helpful to keep me on task and to keep my ultimate goals in mind!
Would anyone like to hear more about this?
I plan on doing a full post with my results once I finish in a couple weeks, so stay tuned!
That’s all for me, folks ! How was YOUR summer? Let me know in the comments!
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